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Mech 302 Heat Transfer HW3 Solution

1. (Problem 3.126 in the Book) Turbine blades mounted to a rotating disc in a gas
turbine engine are exposed to a gas stream that is at T =1200C and maintains a
convection coefficient of h= 250W /m2 K over the blade. The blades, which are
fabricated from Iconel, k 20W /mK have a length of L = 50mm. The blade profile has a
uniform cross-sectional area of Ac = 6104 and a perimeter of P=110 mm. A propose
blade-cooling scheme, which involves routing air through the supporting disc, is able to
maintain the base of each blade at a temperature of Tb = 300C.
a. If the maximum allowable blade temperature is 1050C and blade tip may be assumed
to be adiabatic, is the proposed cooling scheme satisfactory?
b. For the proposed cooling scheme, what is the rate at which heat is transferred from
each blade to the coolant?

KNOWN: Dimensions and thermal conductivity of a gas turbine blade. Temperature and
convection coefficient of gas stream. Temperature of blade base and maximum allowable blade
FIND: (a) Whether blade operating conditions are acceptable, (b) Heat transfer to blade coolant.


ASSUMPTIONS: (1) One-dimensional, steady-state conduction in blade, (2) Constant k, (3)

Adiabatic blade tip, (4) Negligible radiation.
ANALYSIS: In this question, the most imortant thing to solve the problem, is to use the tables
Conditions in the blade are determined by Case B of Table 3.4.
(a) With the maximum temperature existing at x = L, Eq. 3.75 yields

From Table B.1, cosh mL = 5.51. Hence,

And the operating conditions are acceptable.

COMMENTS: Radiation losses from the blade surface and convection from the tip will
contribute to reducing the blade temperatures.

This is the table we use in this problem.

2. (Problem 3.137 in the Book) Circular copper rods of diameter D = 1 mm and length
L= 25 mm are used to enhance heat transfer from a surface that is maintained at
, 1 = 100C. One end of the rod is attached to this surface (at x = 0), while the other end
(x = 25 mm) is joined to a second surface, which is maintained at , 2 = 0oC. Air is
flowing between the surfaces (and over the rods) is also at a temperature of T = 0 ,
and a convection coefficient of h = 100 W/m2 K is maintained.
a. What is the rate of heat transfer by convection from a single copper rod to the air?
b. What is the total rate of heat transfer from a 1 m x 1 m section of the surface at?
100oC, if a bundle of the rods is installed on 4-mm centers?

KNOWN: Dimensions and end temperatures of pin fins.

FIND: (a) Heat transfer by convection from a single fin and (b) Total heat transfer from a
12 surface with fins mounted on 4mm centers.

ASSUMPTIONS: (1) Steady-state, (2) One-dimensional conduction along rod, (3)

Constant properties, (4) No internal heat generation, (5) Negligible radiation.
PROPERTIES: Table A-1, Copper, pure (323K): k 400 W/mK.
ANALYSIS: (a) By applying conservation of energy to the fin, it follows that

Where the conduction rates may be evaluated from knowledge of the temperature
The general solution for the temperature distribution is

The boundary conditions are(0) = 100 () = 0. Hence

= 1 + 2
Now we put the boundary conditions in the general solution which results :

Therefore, 2 = 12

And the temperature distribution has the form

Now that we have derived the temperature distribution with respect to x, the conduction
heat rate can be evaluated by Fouriers law,

, = (/ )1/ 2 ,

Hence at x = 0,

At x = L

Evaluating the fin parameters:

The conduction heat rates are

And from the conservation relation,

=1.507 W1.133 W = 0.374 W.

(b) The total heat transfer rate is the heat transfer from N = 250250 = 62,500 rods and
Heat transfer from the remaining (bare) surface ( = 12 ). Hence,
3. (Problem 3.142 in the Book) Finned passages are frequently formed between
parallel plates to enhance convection heat transfer in compact heat exchanger cores.
An important application is electronic equipment cooling, where one or more air-cooled
stacks are placed between heat-dissipating electrical components. Consider a single
stack of rectangular fins of length L and thickness t, with convection conditions
corresponding to h and T .
a. Obtain expressions for the fin heat transfer rates,, , , in terms of the base
temperatures, and
b. In a specific application, a stack that is 200 mm wide and 100 mm deep contains
50 fins, each of length L = 12 mm. The entire stack is made from aluminum, which is
everywhere 1 mm thick. If temperature limitations associated with electrical components
joined to opposite plates dictate maximum allowable plate temperatures of =
400 and TL = 350 K, what are the corresponding maximum power dissipations if h =
150 W/m2 K and = 300 .

KNOWN: Arrangement of fins between parallel plates. Temperature and convection coefficient of air
flow in finned passages. Maximum allowable plate temperatures.
FIND: (a) Expressions relating fin heat transfer rates to end temperatures, (b) Maximum power
dissipation for each plate.

ASSUMPTIONS: (1) Steady-state conditions, (2) One-dimensional conduction in fins, (3) Constant
properties, (4) Negligible radiation, (5) Uniform h, (6) Negligible variation in (7) Negligible contact
PROPERTIES: Table A.1, Aluminum (pure), at temperature 375 K, k = 240 W/2 K.
ANALYSIS: (a) The general solution for the temperature distribution in a fin is

Now we want to derive the temperature distribution, using the boundary conditions:
Now that the temperature distribution is derived with respect to x,the fin heat transfer rate can be
Maximum power dissipations are therefore